State weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) held their soft launch and press conference for their new website last Wednesday, 10 January 2018. One of the website’s proposed developments is the integration of the UP NOAH Center’s flood, landslide, and storm surge hazard maps on their new website (see: http://bagong.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/).
The new website aims to provide impact-based forecasting and warnings that can estimate number of houses to be affected, number of people to be affected by incoming Tropical Cyclones by using data from the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards program.
One of the first projects of the RI and the NOAH Center aims to make all UP campuses and communities around the country resilient to climate change and geared for long-term development.
Lagmay explains that UP “must first do it in our own backyard, if we are to get all municipalities to prepare and plan ahead. We can’t preach what we don’t practice. The first step is to do the resilient campuses project so that it can be a model for campuses in the Philippines.” He says that the project uses climate change projections prescribed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a scientific and intergovernmental body under the United Nations.
The General Appropriations Act of 2018 was signed into law last December 19, 2017 and detailed the P3.767 trillion national budget for the year 2018.
The UP Resilience Institute is included in the budget appropriations for the State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).
The statement echoed Senator Loren Legarda’s statement during the Senate Finance Committee hearing on the proposed 2018 budgets of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on September 21, 2017.
2017 has been a year of significant change for NOAH which is captured by what University of the Philippines (UP) President Danilo L. Concepcion said: “NOAH is home.”
Project NOAH became the UP NOAH Center. It was formally adopted by UP as a research center for climate actions and disaster risk reduction and management during the Board of Regents’ 1325th meeting last February 23, 2017. It was established as a center through Executive Order No. PDLC 17-03 on 21 March 2017.
The 2nd Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition award ceremony took place at Aldaba Hall of the University of the Philippines, Diliman campus last December 5.
A documentary featuring UP Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) Center Director and UP Resilience Institute Executive Director Mahar Lagmay as a Filipino scientist won the Viewers’ Choice Special Award. Videos for the category were chosen by viewers after they were streamed online from November 27 to December 1.
Through the Philippine Research, Education, and Government Information Network (PREGINET) and the Computing and Archiving Research Environment (CoARE), DOST-ASTI has been a partner of UP NOAH since the latter’s conception in 2012. UP NOAH participated in three events: the Philippine Launch of Asi@Connect Network, the 3rd CoARE Stakeholders’ Meeting and Policy Forum, and the Philippine Earth Data Resource and Observation (PEDRO) Center Stakeholders’ Meeting.